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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2019, 01:18 PM  
How To: Convert SDM to ScrewDrive + Video
Posted By mholford
Replies: 216
Views: 39,791
So glad this thread is still here. Just finished converting my 50-135 and 16-50 back to screwdrive. My 50-135 I had converted ages ago, but after it was involved in an accident (and repaired) the pentax repair shop had fixed the sdm and reprogrammed the lens back to SDM. But three years later, SDM started acting up this spring (was not responsive until after twisting the lens focus back and forth for a minute) and after a couple of months on the shelf when I went to use it again, it was dead (unresponsive).
Took longer to relearn how to get my old K20 back into debug mode, but once that was accomplished the conversion of both lenses took about 10 minutes.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-26-2018, 05:23 PM  
Cyber Monday 2018 - $200 off the Pentax KP - just $697!
Posted By mholford
Replies: 173
Views: 11,548
Well - pulled the pin on this deal! But not for me :( - for my daughter. Grabbed it from amazon canada as the bundled lens wasn't showing up anymore. Still an awesome deal on a great camera. I'm going to be SOOOO jealous.
Interesting to note...adorama has a used KP for more $$$ then the new one right now... lol
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-01-2018, 09:19 AM  
Pentax lenses that are worthy of an A* or Limited designation but are not
Posted By mholford
Replies: 52
Views: 4,862
My $0.02. Two lenses I own that I think are amazing but not * - the K200 f2.5, and K28 f2.0 (hollywood). Okay the last doesn't fit the typical pentax small profile, but is amazing optics....
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-09-2018, 06:45 PM  
20% off Ebay sitewide, Friday March 9 - US & Canada only
Posted By mholford
Replies: 47
Views: 3,586
First time in my memory that I've seen it.

And thanks to the OP.... picked up an IPAD pro (used) that I had been eyeballing... saved $88 :)

Was quite shocked to see it applied to everything...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-28-2018, 11:49 AM  
Game Single in March 2018
Posted By mholford
Replies: 84
Views: 4,210
I'm going to give it another try this month. Should be a relatively quiet month for me, so hopefully I can do a lot better then my last couple of tries...
For a lens... I'm going to try a new da* 50-135 - I bought one for my daughter off the bay... had issues... took 3 months + to get fixed (gave her mine in the meanwhile). So got it back in early January and really need to take it through it's paces.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-31-2018, 12:22 PM  
Lenses to bring to Iceland trip.
Posted By mholford
Replies: 35
Views: 2,552
Some good advice given already.
With the trip you describe I couldn't emphasize the KISS principle. (keep it simple)
Take as few lenses as you can get away with and accept there will be a few tradeoffs. So the zooms will be very useful (16-50, 55-300) - two lenses and you have pretty much every focal range covered.
Yes, I'd probably throw my 15ltd in the bag (given it's size/weight). I also would probably throw in my 70... but you might find both get very little use.
Having a simple setup means being able to get "that shot" quickly when time is limited. Especially with young kids and short attention spans.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-16-2017, 11:34 AM  
Difference between HD DA 40mm f/2.8 40 (red) and DA 40mm f/2.8 (green) lens
Posted By mholford
Replies: 27
Views: 3,188

Same story... DA40ltd (green) was my first baby toe into the water of Pentax's higher end of the lineup.
Now I have DA 40, DA 35 macro, DA 15, DA70, DFA 100 - and the DA* zooms..... It's a slippery sllpe once you set foot on it. Can't say we didn't warn you...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-11-2017, 11:31 AM  
Recommended 'Cheap' 200mm or 300mm High Quality MF Lens
Posted By mholford
Replies: 43
Views: 3,948
Hasn't been mentioned yet, but the K200 f2.5 is a fantastic lens, and not necessarily going to break the budget. I picked mine up quite cheaply (it has cosmetic wear and tear but optically great), and it is a lot of fun to work with. Fast aperture means good subject isolation when it's desired. Also pretty good in low light if you need it.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-01-2017, 11:39 AM  
Game Single in November 2017
Posted By mholford
Replies: 75
Views: 4,032
My crazy schedule should be settling down now, after an unsuccessful try in September I'm going to retry a month with my Pentax K 28mm f2.0. Interesting to note that it hasn't left my K5 since the start of September. Been having a lot of fun with it, but haven't been able to commit to every day. Hopefully with harvest behind me I'll be able to participate and comment regularly this month.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-26-2017, 03:38 PM  
HD Pentax-DA★ 11-18mm f/2.8
Posted By mholford
Replies: 474
Views: 63,669
Wow... miss reading the forum for a couple of days and look what crops up... 15 pages of discussion on a couple of new lenses.
Sorry but I have to laugh at the negativity. Some really good news on some pretty exciting new lenses - probably not in my budget but still... nice to know they might be available used in a few years.
And I have to comment on the idea that Pentax will have an impressive lineup in a few years.
They have a pretty impressive lineup now - depending on what you are looking for. Not everyone is waiting for * or limited lenses that cost as much as my first car. Pentax has some great glass in it's bullpen. Some of it older, but still impressive and able to take amazing shots if treated/handled right.
Am I excited that Pentax/Ricoh continues to release new offerings, and are developing top level lenses? you bet! Can I justify buying them new... not a chance. At least not right now... But it is really great to seem them continuing to develop new products. I love my two * zoom lenses (16-50 and 50-135) - so much that I have two of each (lol - my daughter has my second set). Hopefully sometime down the road I can grab the UWA - as that end of my lineup is quite weak. Best news in ages (and yes, I am waiting for the next generation apsc body to be announced - would love to upgrade my k5, and am still cautious about FF since the majority of my best lenses are crop...).
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-14-2017, 08:45 AM  
The hollywood 28mm
Posted By mholford
Replies: 12
Views: 2,329
Well, it arrived, and have been putting it through it's paces over the past couple of days (as my late to the party single-in lens)
so far it seems to be performing great. no obvious problems with the lens. Scary - the packaging left a lot to be desired - but didn't seem harmed by the trip.
(lens in cloth bag stuck in box with no real padding other then to keep it from rattling around. no bubble wrap. no layer of wadded newspaper... Was fearing the worst, but these old lenses are built like tanks...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-14-2017, 07:46 AM  
Game Single in September 2017
Posted By mholford
Replies: 182
Views: 8,831
And my post from the 12th made explore! Bee seeing you (flower with bee)
Only my second ever explore on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-12-2017, 08:10 PM  
Game Single in September 2017
Posted By mholford
Replies: 182
Views: 8,831
Lol - you asked for it
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-12-2017, 05:32 PM  
Game Single in September 2017
Posted By mholford
Replies: 182
Views: 8,831
Well September has been a disaster for me so far. Started with 3 helpers who we expected either leaving almost immediately or not showing up. So instead of a crew of 4 helping me put nets on my grapes it's been a crew of 1 plus me... so no time to single in...
Luckily help arrived today, and looks like it will work out so a bit of a break.
Also the lens I actually wanted to single in with arrived today!!!!!!!!!!! (Can you tell I'm excited).
Having read so much about the legendary "hollywood" 28mm lens, I've kept my eyes open for one for ages. Finally managed to win one on ebay at a price I could live with (sub $400 us). So will be having a lot of fun over the next 20 odd days... and may single in with it in October too... Liking it a lot after the first dozen shots..
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-12-2017, 05:26 PM  
The K-Club!
Posted By mholford
Replies: 3,659
Views: 600,984
Just received my latest purchase from ebay... a Pentax K 28mm f2.0 "hollywood"

Here are a few test shots from today.
Untitled by Mark Holford, on Flickr

Untitled by Mark Holford, on Flickr

Untitled by Mark Holford, on Flickr
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-05-2017, 11:31 PM  
da* 50 - 135 arrived with a problem
Posted By mholford
Replies: 11
Views: 1,087
Thanks... it's mine too (this was supposed to be a second copy for my daughter who is an aspiring young photographer - hoping to go pro one day.)
For now its mine, as she went back to uni on the weekend and has my copy with her and I'll be taking a risk on the new one being good after repairs...
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-31-2017, 05:19 PM  
da* 50 - 135 arrived with a problem
Posted By mholford
Replies: 11
Views: 1,087
Thanks to everyone for the help and advice.
Indeed it is the light baffle that needs to be reseated.
Cost not too prohibitive and will be covered by the vendor so all good so far.
I get the statement about the seals... I guess I'll have to be a little more careful with this lens.
Honestly the price I got it for still makes it a hell of a deal.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-29-2017, 05:44 PM  
da* 50 - 135 arrived with a problem
Posted By mholford
Replies: 11
Views: 1,087
yes - thats the approach I'm currently pursuing. If the repair isnt expensive then my goal will be to have the seller pay for it - cheaper then shipping back and refunding purchase. Just have no idea whether its just a simple case of an element needing to be put back in place or something much more involved. Was hoping someone here might know and provide some insight on whether its simple/cheap/straightforward or difficult/expensive/complicated. I'll find out in a few days regardless once the shop looks at it and quotes on the repair.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-29-2017, 03:14 PM  
da* 50 - 135 arrived with a problem
Posted By mholford
Replies: 11
Views: 1,087
Yes the sealing moves when the lens is zoomed and focused.
And yes, the image is affected, not too much for close focus, but completely unusable for far away subjects.
It's used, off the bay.
The packaging didn't look damaged, but it was reported as having no AF but took sharp pictures... it looks like it just couldn't focus because the image wouldn't lock on - and the images are far from sharp (at least at a distance)
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-29-2017, 01:12 PM  
da* 50 - 135 arrived with a problem
Posted By mholford
Replies: 11
Views: 1,087
I've tried to capture the issue as best I can - appears to be a lens element out of position? Can anyone confirm if that is correct?
I've got it at a local shop to get an estimate but thought I'd query the knowledge base here as well to give me an opinion. Fixable? expensive?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-28-2017, 03:32 PM  
Game Single in September 2017
Posted By mholford
Replies: 182
Views: 8,831
After a long hiatus, I'm hoping to be back for September. Work is still crazy, but I really need to get out and shoot more.
Also, just won an auction on Ebay for something really special. Really excited to give it a work out once it comes.

I'm planning on shooting at 28mm all month. Will start with an interim lens (not sure maybe my vivitar 28/2.8 - or maybe just a zoom kept at 28 - will decide before the 1rst)

Then I'll be moving to a Pentax K 28mm f2.0 :eek:
As they say... LBA is a harsh mistress...
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-28-2017, 03:22 PM  
The hollywood 28mm
Posted By mholford
Replies: 12
Views: 2,329
Kind of like this auction? Vintage Pentax Asahi Opt Co SMC 1:2/28 Lens | eBay

(guess who got lucky!!!!!)
Just waiting for it to ship, arrive and hopefully be in good working order....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-27-2017, 05:42 PM  
Thoughts about a Solo Prime for a Trek
Posted By mholford
Replies: 41
Views: 2,755
I just got back from a camping/fishing trip, with my K5... I brought my 18-135 and 15mm lenses... The 15mm never made it onto the camera.
18-135 is super versatile and WR - a really nice combination when out and about in all types of weather.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-01-2017, 05:10 PM  
What´s your lens keeping rate?
Posted By mholford
Replies: 45
Views: 3,081
Haven't sold a single lens (put 1 up for auction but it never met my minimum bid)

I have transferred several to my daughter (starving university student) who is also a pentax user - at least on long term loan. But I don't tend to buy except for lenses I think I can't do without. I like having options so I've put together a pretty nice stable of lenses that give me a pretty good range of options.
There have been exceptions (lenses going for way less then I think they are worth) - but those are on my possible sales list (for profit?).

so far... 1/0
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-17-2017, 05:05 PM  
Watching Film Camera Auctions is Bordering on Compulsive - It's a Sickness
Posted By mholford
Replies: 19
Views: 2,082
Always hoping that an exceptional find will pop up un-noticed by others for a song?
My latest find was a stack of miscellaneous lens hoods.
Only reason it was notable... it had the original hood for my Pentax K 50mm f1.2 which often retails for a pretty hefty price on the bay... but mixed in with a bunch of chaff....
only 1 bid... mine... :)
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